We have worked with Nottingham City Council on their district heating network since 1989, and this most recent scope of works saw us perform alarm reconfiguration and joint replacements to extend the lifespan of the scheme.
The Nottingham District Heating scheme is one of the largest of its kind in the UK and consists of approximately 80km of district heating pipework which are all at differing stages of their life span, some in excess of 20 years old. The scheme has over 11,000 joints fitted using the old Steel Taper Lock and Bolt Jointing System which is no longer produced.
Vital Energi were contracted to update and reconfigure the Leak Detection System to the latest cloud based technology, along with identifying and systematically replacing aging joints to new Fusion and Extrusion Welded Joints. Nottingham City Council and Enviroenergy commissioned Vital Energi to survey the scheme and produce a lifecycle plan that assessed its current condition and make proposals as to how the lifespan could be extended without extensive replacement.
Following our inspection, we concluded that by updating and reconfiguring the Leak Detection System, and by carrying out a number of targeted joint replacements and repairs, the lifespan of the scheme could be extended by a possible 15 – 20 years.
We were tasked with identifying the existing Fault Locators on the project and reconfiguring the Leak Detection System to reduce the numbers required across the scheme. This was combined with the need to target the old Taper Lock Joints and Jumper Cables that were in need of replacement or repair.
Using the as-built drawings, we were able to locate the aging equipment that required replacing. As the old Fault Locators were installed inside weather proof boxes along the district heating route and their operational efficiencies reducing over time, it was decided to relocate and install the new Fault Locators into the substations sited across the scheme. The alarm wiring within the joints were reconfigured to allow the Fault Locators to monitor larger areas. This is more beneficial as they are now situated in more effective locations that will cover a wider area than the previous units to provide greater monitoring and maintenance of the scheme.